For some odd reason that title reads like something written by Dr. Seuss in my mind.
6.0.2 is coming out today and if I am lucky it will be finished patching itself up before I get home from work so effectively if all goes well there will be absolutely no down time for me. I will never have even noticed the update happened.
I left my computer on and my loader up so it will download whatever it needs to while I am sitting here typing this. Hopefully there is nothing to download when I get home and I can log right in and hopefully not head to the blasted lands. My intention is to wait until the rush calms down some but you know what they say about best intentions right.
So here it is, my list of things I intend to do tonight on 6.0.2 patch day, the day after mists ended and the day warlords begins.
A Fool and His Money:
Unless there have been some quick last minute changes like they did to some of the damage dealing specs we can expect that the BiS enchants will range as far back as BC for some classes and the best food, flask and potions will be from the cataclysm era. This of course means there will be a lot of money to be made.
Being the pack rat that I am I will have more than an ample supply of materials to make all the enchants, food, flask and potions that are needed. With a guild bank filled with enchanting materials and cataclysm era raw foods it should be no issue making a nice supply to flood the AH with.
On my herb catch all I have three herb bags in his bank that just so happen to have lots of cataclysm herbs in them waiting for that moment I need them. Now is as good a time as any to unload them in the form of flasks and potions.
So I get to clear out a lot of my assembled stock and maybe make a few gold before the expansion. Nothing better than killing two birds with one stone I always say.
Just for the record, the older enchants, food, flasks and potions will only offer minimal increases, as in from 4-11 DPS increases with each. For most of us, myself included, I really do not care about such a small amount right now at this stage in the game but there are some people that would never be caught dead, even after progression is done with, without the best of the best and to those people I will gladly take their hard earned gold. If we were going to be in this stage for a long time I too would be looking at having the best of the best, but right now, all I am thinking about is moving forward.
You've Got Mail:
With the removal of justice points and valor points from the game all my characters that had them will be getting in game mails with some gold. A little or a lot is no difference to me, gold is gold, and I will be making sure to log into every single character that might have even had 1 justice point or 1 valor point to make sure I collect their gold.
I am sure there are many characters I have not logged into for months, including my level 80 hunter that is still waiting for a herald group and is never logged into, that will have some money waiting for them. I am even considering reactivating my other account that has been inactive for years because I know there will be some gold sitting there for them now too.
Hey, call me a sucker for gold, but I would think anyone that won't take 2 minutes to log in on a long forgotten alt to check their mail box a sucker. Go and get that gold.
Is That a Toy in Your Pocket or are You Just Happy to See Me?
I am going to love the toy box for a couple of reasons but the number one reason of course is that it will give me bag space. Beautiful, wonderful, heavenly bag space. And lots of it to boot.
Of course most of the toys are gathered on my main including things that are no longer in game but thankfully blizzard was kind enough to add those things removed from the game to the toy box. Makes me so glad I held on to that furbolg quest item from back in the day. While you can buy a newer version of that has a longer cooldown this one has a 1 minute cooldown and a 3 minute effect, which means I can be a furbolg all the time and now, even more importantly, I can be one on every single character and not just my hunter who is the only one old enough and quested through that area to have it.
Sadly some other junk got thrown away over the years but much of it I still have. From archeology items to timeless items there are a lot of toys cluttering my bags and every single one of them is going to find its way into my toy box. It will take some work to find them all however because while many are on my main I do have additional ones on other characters scattered over different servers even.
So while my priest might have the little blue bear my hunter doesn't, it will go in the toy box, and my rogue who happens to have the green version none of my other characters have will put his in the toy box too. I am sure there are many other little toys I just can not think of off the top of my mind on many characters that can find there way into the toy box.
Not only is it great that they all now share the toys, so everyone has everything, but it does not exactly only free up one space. There are some toys I have on multiple characters, say 10 or 12, and it will clear out a bag space on all of them. So basically putting 1 toy in the toy box will clear up 12 bag spaces for me. How freaking awesome is that for bag space love? It is just going to suck having to throw away those other duplicate toys. I wonder if they will find their way to the island of misfit toys.
One Pinch of ground Bat Wing and Two clippings of Lizard Toe Nails:
The reagents tab is the one that is going to take the most time for me to work on. Not because it is hard, you can just click the deposit all option, but because I am one of those really weird people that believe there is an order for everything and everything needs to be in order.
For 100 gold you can open a 98 slot reagents bag in your bank and every single character of mine, probably at the same time I go to check for gold in the mail, will be opening that baby up happily. They could have made it 1000 gold and I still would have considered it a great deal.
I will need to not only open them all but sort them out and stack them up being most stuff stacks to 200 now. I will still have profession bags on each character and I do not want to hit the deposit all option because it will bring even things from my profession bags in there and I do not really want that. So I will have to do it the more time consuming way and that means stacking them up by hand and moving what I want to move by hand.
As weird as this might sound, this is the thing I am looking forward to most. I dig that I will have so much more space and I will be able to organize things better and stack them higher and I will probably spend most of my day doing exactly that, getting stuff in the order I want it.
I have my druid for catch all on gems, my paladin for catch all on ore, my mage for catch all on herbs, my rogue for catch all on leather, my shaman is the catch all for all current food, but I also have a guild bank that has a lot of all of that stuff also. Over the course of years this happens because I either did not have space on the catch all at the time, or it was easier to just send everything off to my bank alt.
So while I have profession bags on all those alts I need to go through all of them and stack them to 200 and then take all the extra stuff from my guild bank, or from alts that still have pieces in their bags or banks from leveling, and send it over. Then I need to decide on which bags will be for what. Will I have enough space now with stack of 200 to put all my leather from both wrath and BC in the same bag? You know, things like that. A lot of storage decisions need to be made.
Once I decide, even if I don't need as many profession bags as I used to have, I need to combine everything just the right way to make me happy with it. I will also need to put some royal satchels on a few of my characters in place of profession bags.
Being I will be able to craft directly from the bank having a profession bag on me while I run around means so much less. If I am pressed to make something on the fly, like flask or potions or what have you, I can do it right from my bank. So my herbalist will no longer need an herb bag, and so forth. Which means that bag rotates to the bank and another bag rotates to the main bag section which in effect gives me more running around room with bags and what is there not to like about that.
There is also another added thing that will require a great deal of time on my part all thanks to this. After I do sort out who gets what and were I will stack it and I send over all the extra goods from my guild bank to them for storage I will have more space in my guild bank.
This means more room to store those extra pets. I have so many characters with spring rabbits, giant sewer rats, direhorns, micro sentries, etc all sitting in there bags because I could not learn them because I was out of a place to keep them otherwise. Now I will cage some of my pets, put them in that newly open guild bank space and go on to those characters and learn them, and send them over to the guild bank space. Also, if you have not noticed, this is a great way to get money to other servers. But, you need the space for it. And now with the reagents tab I will have more space in my guild bank and I can go from having one tab of pets on my main server to two tabs and one tab on my alt server to two tabs. So that, in turn, will free up even more space on my characters.
Which looking at the much larger picture and how much I need to stack, move, learn, cage, etc, the addition of the reagents bag for me is not just a case of buy it for 100 gold and hit deposit all like it will be for many, it will be a week long, or maybe longer, adventure of moving things around and putting them all in the right place. And guess what... I love it.
Raiding, Questing and Achievements, Oh My:
There of course will come the time to check out specs and do some raiding and there will be the new quest line in the blasted lands which will come with some new achievements, a new title and a new pet, but that will be there for a month so no rush really.
I plan to keep my main hunter SV and MM for now and test SV first with it. My horde hunter, due to bad luck and never getting anything better than an LFR assurance of consequence will go from BM and SV to BM and MM and give MM a try with the heroic sigil of rampage because it might actually be decent when compared to an LFR AoC now and I want to test that. My RP hunter will be playing around as my BM tester. My other 90 hunters will just stay as they are, for now, until I can get a feel for how and what is going on with hunters.
Big question here is, with all the changes, which spec do you think my level 80 herald hunter should play with now? Interesting question and I have no clue myself. Didn't really give it that much thought until I was typing this just now. I will have to think about that.
Me and My Shadow:
Then, after I finish playing around and have a couple of minutes, I want to try some soloing at 90 to see if I can get down some things I was having some issues with beforehand. Namely heroic rag. While I've seen hunters do it I just have not been able to. I should be able to now right? Well, I plan to find out.
Now is the missing time. The time after mists is done, the time leading up to warlords but not quite there yet. We are in limbo. So for the next month I will just try to get things in order because nothing is better than starting a new expansion having everything else in order in your house. As for preparation, I plan to start planning out my garrison set up on all my characters and starting a series of posts here all about garrisons in an effort to both help myself think it out while writing and maybe give some ideas to others that were not lucky enough to be on the beta.
So how will you be spending your patch day, assuming we actually get on?
Happy patch day.
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